Updated: Nov 20, 2020
We are receiving a number of inquiries from you, asking about the COVID-19 situation development and the chances of actually visiting Croatia this summer.
Let us say that we cannot answer those questions with complete certainty. We can only give the information we have for now. So we will list the currently available info below.
NEWS July 1st update
The Croatian Government's official Koronavirus.hr website published official travel updates.
As for the whole of Croatia, these measures apply to all visitors to the Makarska Riviera.
As of midnight, all EU/EEA nationals and persons with permanent residence in EU/EEA country can enter Croatia freely, without restrictions. All travellers are, however, advised to fill out the form on the ENTERCROATIA web-page. This website is available in 11 languages and it's easy to navigate. Using this form you can ease the journey. Third country nationals still have some restrictions in place: they can enter on business or tourism related reasons only. You read that right, tourists are welcome!
Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 1 July member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:
China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.
The criteria to determine the third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively.
Regarding the epidemiological situation, third countries listed should meet the following criteria, in particular:
number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)
stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days
overall response to COVID-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.
Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.
For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:
EU citizens and their family members
long-term EU residents and their family members
travellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.
Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.
The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.
A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner.
This list of third countries should be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated by the Council, as the case may be, after close consultations with the Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on the criteria above.
Travel restrictions may be totally or partially lifted or reintroduced for a specific third country already listed according to changes in some of the conditions and, as a consequence, in the assessment of the epidemiological situation. If the situation in a listed third country worsens quickly, rapid decision-making should be applied.
Good to know / Useful information:
Plan your vacation carefully, you certainly do not want any more stress. Our Makarska Riviera website, and our mobile guide (free for iOS and Android smartphones) can help you organize your trip wisely.
Makarska Riviera Tourist Health Care Providers available here.
Another important document: Procedure for the disease of a guest in a tourist accommodation facility during Covid-19 pandemic
113 - Special telephone number for all information on coronavirus
While staying on the Makarska Riviera, please follow the instructions below:
- wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face - when eating in restaurants, follow the instructions and disinfect your hands at the entrance - avoid enclosed crowded spaces - act responsibly and do not endanger yourself or others - keep a social distance and follow the regulations - respect the nature and beauty of Makarska Riviera, please do not leave garbage behind.
Please note, all external links provided are not updated by the All in Makarska Riviera and the All in Makarska Riviera website cannot be held accountable for their accuracy.
BREAKING NEWS June 16 update:
Good morning World! Civil Protection Headquarters announced:
there are no more people infected with COVID-19 in the Split-Dalmatia County. According to the records of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the last person that had tested positive for coronavirus recovered yesterday, and there are no more sick people in the Split-Dalmatia County! Entering Croatia: We advise foreign citizens who intend to stay in Croatia to submit their data via https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ (this form is available in 11 languages). For additional information, the EU has launched Re open EU - an interactive tool which aims to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. In order for your arrival in Makarska Riviera to be free of stress and complications, we advise you to plan your route and accommodation before hitting the road.
Our mobile guide All in Makarska Riviera can be helpful for planning and it's free for iOS and Android smartphones, check it out! Finally, when the travel bans are finally lifted, it's time to plan the vacation of your lifetime. For dreaming and planning, make sure you run through this website and find all the best things about Makarska Riviera! In fact, why don't you start with video tours? The latest information we received says that currently no one in the Makarska Riviera is infected with the Corona virus. We hope it stays that way. Please be careful. If you have any health problems, it is best to consult your doctor and postpone your trip.
We remind all drivers who entered Croatia to drive responsibly and comply with traffic regulations. No irregularities in traffic were recorded in the area of the Makarska Riviera, there are no bigger traffic jams and traffic is running normally.
Keep in mind:
wherever you travel, apply general rules governing hand and food hygiene
You should wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water
You are also advised to use hand sanitizer while on the road.
Many airlines have updated flight schedules and have begun flights to and from Croatia. Check their websites for flights to various Croatian cities for June and/or July start dates (depending on the airline). Makarska Riviera's closest airport is Split airport. From there, you can use public transport (bus), rent a car, or taxi services. Ask your accommodation host if he can arrange the transport for you.
Accommodation: A lot of hotels, camps, private accommodation and other accommodation facilities have resumed operations in Makarska, with many continuing to reopen every day. Accommodation providers are careful, cleanliness and hygiene is at a high level. Make sure you check the safety and health standards with your hosts.
Travel: A direct route from your home to your hotel/apartment would be ideal, but if you're driving, it probably won't be possible. While traveling to your Makarska Riviera vacation spot, you will surely stop for coffee or a bathroom break. Make sure you keep up with the health standards on the road as well. Bring hand sanitizer wherever you go, and make as few stops as possible. Good to know: Frequently asked questions and answers about traveling and health care during your vacation in Makarska Riviera can be found here!
Please note, all external links provided are not updated by the All in Makarska Riviera and the All in Makarska Riviera website cannot be held accountable for their accuracy.
May 29 update:
Croatia Opens Its Borders without Conditions for 10 EU Countries.
Citizens of Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, and Germany whose citizens due to the satisfactory epidemiological situation when entering the Republic of Croatia, will not have to prove the reason for their entry (business, economic, tourist, etc.), but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before the onset of COVID-19
Their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), due to the possible need to contact for epidemiological reasons.
In order to reduce congestion at border crossings and shorten the waiting time for crossing the state border, which will be extended compared to border control in recent years due to the collection of additional data, we recommend foreign citizens who intend to stay in Croatia to submit their data via https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
May 28, 2020 update:
Croatia Opens Its Borders without Conditions for 10 EU Countries
For Croatian tourism, Covid-19 isn't a big threat anymore! Today, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced that Croatian borders will be fully opened for travelers and tourists from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany! Croatia has opened its borders for tourists from EU/EEA countries since May 11. Currently, Slovenia and Croatia have opened borders, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are set to open borders with Croatia on May 29. Germany and Poland will open on June 15 as well as external EU borders to third party citizens.
For your safety, please read: Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for Croatian and foreign nationals who are crossing the state border and entering the Republic of Croatia.
In order to reduce congestion at border crossings and shorten the waiting time for crossing the state border, which will be extended compared to border control in recent years due to the collection of additional data, we recommend foreign citizens who intend to stay in Croatia to submit their data via webhttps://entercroatia.mup.hr/
May 21, 2020 update:
Great news, everyone!
Every day, life is more and more getting back to normal. Shops, caffés, bars and restaurants are opening as fewer and fewer restrictions are needed.
You will most likely be able to enter Croatia and enjoy your well-deserved holiday. The Croatian Ministry of the Interior has also put up a new site on their website, where you can check exactly who and how can enter Croatian territory. The site is now available in Croatian, English and German language, and it will list more languages in the near future. If you don't find your answer in the FAQ section, you can fill a form and ask directly.
Make sure that you prepare in advance, to avoid any unnecessary trouble at the border. To enter the site, click here.
To day, there were 2237 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Croatia. 1978 people were cured, and 97 died. There were 3 confirmed new cases in the last 24 hours. For daily updates, make sure you check www.koronavirus.hr/en, the official government website for accurate and verified information on Coronavirus.
May 13, 2020 update:
Information Regarding Entering Republic of Croatia for Foreign Citizens:
Croatia is currently still closed for what would be considered normal travel to and from the country, as a temporary ban on the movement of civilians across borders is enforced, with the exception of healthcare professionals, elderly care professionals, cross-border workers, police officers, civil protection teams, military personnel, international military personnel, passengers in transit. This permission will need to be granted individually.
Croatian citizens are allowed to return to the Republic of Croatia and EU citizens are able to return to their countries of origin. Effective May 10th Croatian citizens are now allowed to enter Croatia and/or exit the country in compliance with measures outlined by the Civil Protection Directorate. When there are valid reasons to travel which include essential business travel, foreign citizens will also be able to enter the Republic of Croatia in compliance with the recommendations of the Croatia Institute of Public Health, along with foreign citizens who travel for urgent personal reasons.
Entry into the Republic of Croatia for foreign citizens:
If a foreign national intends to cross the state the border, they must meet one of the following conditions:
possesses documentation proving the ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia or a marine vessel (boat, yacht, etc) - (may also be the holder of a lease), or is travelling to attend a funeral in the Republic of Croatia (and possesses appropriate documentation proving this). If any of these conditions are met, these foreign citizens are allowed to cross the state border, are registered and the place / address where they will stay or where the property / vessel is located will be recorded, along with the contact phone number and time of stay – including the date they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
They have documentation proving the invitation by a business registered in the Republic of Croatia, the reason the business requires their visit to the Republic of Croatia, or an invitation to a business meeting. For these passengers crossing the border, it is necessary to enter the place / address where they will stay and the contact phone number and the duration of the stay – including the date they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
All other foreign citizens who have a business reason, which cannot be foreseen at this time, and do not have the appropriate documentation, are instructed to send their intention to cross the state border (entry into the Republic of Croatia) to firstname.lastname@example.org and their request will be addressed in the shortest possible timeframe.
Further information will be made available in accordance with any newly published Civil Protection Directorate decisions.
Croatia has a relatively low number of Covid-19 cases and has begun to ease restrictions within the country. Further relaxation of existing restrictions is expected during the upcoming weeks, as the Civil Protection Directorate has begun with reinstating services and reopening previously closed businesses on a rolling, weekly schedule.
All openings still require safety and hygiene measures, as well as social distancing to be respected as required: The latest Covid-19 information and accompanying measures may be found here:https://www.koronavirus.hr/en
May 10, 2020 update:
Since our last update, there has been a slight increase in the number of people affected by COVID-19. However, the numbers are still relatively low, and the number of cured people is on all time high. You can see the graphs in the image above and click on it for a direct link to the official coronavirus site.
The restrictions in Croatia are finally loosening up little by little. This means life is slowly getting back to normal. The hairdressers and barber shops are open, and so are the other health&beauty businesses. The children playgrounds and outdoor gyms can be used as well. National and nature parks will also be open for business from May 11th (Nature park Biokovo included). All of this, of course, with the emphasis on the recommendations from HZJZ for prevention of spreading the virus.
Probably the most important news for all of us coffee-addicted Dalmatians is that the coffee shops, bars, restaurants and shopping centers will also open from Monday, May 11th, also with restrictions on the number of people served, and the number of tables available. But, we will finally be able to enjoy our favorite drink and soak in the sun. So, we're optimistic that this summer will still be a nice one for everyone.
Depending on the development of the coronavirus situation in other countries, we also expect the borders to be open relatively soon for tourists, and everyone hopes to salvage this tourist season. You can follow daily updates on numbers from ECDC here and for all Croatia-related coronavirus news we recommend Total Croatia News portal.
We will say this again: If you already booked your holiday, and now don't know what to do with it, try contacting your host/travel agency/hotel directly. Many hosts now offer vouchers or rescheduling for the next year. Maybe you don't have to cancel your trip altogether, but can work something out with your host or travel agency. Remember, everyone is trying their best to keep the guests, and they will probably be generous enough to offer some kind of replacement or refund for your holiday.
#StaySafe, take care and we'll see you soon!
April 24, 2020 update:
For now, it seems that the worst is nearly behind us and the health officials have responded in the best way possible so far. Generally speaking, we haven’t had large numbers of infected of deceased people, and a lot of them have been cured by now. We’re hoping the curve will flatten out soon, and the situation improve even more.
The recommendations for the holiday season are still on stand-by, and everyone is keeping track of the daily developments. Some countries (like Czech Republic and Austria) have even considered opening special driving corridors for tourists this summer, and Germany’s top-selling newspaper Bild even promotes Croatia as a corona-free summer destination. We are careful when it comes to statements like these, but it is nice to see that there is a general desire of our guests to return to Croatia even in these circumstances. Health standards will definitely be at their all-time-high this summer, and making sure the guests and hosts stay intact will be a priority.
If you already booked your holiday, and now don't know what to do with it, try contacting your host/travel agency/hotel directly. Many hosts now offer vouchers or rescheduling for the next year. Maybe you don't have to cancel your trip altogether, but can work something out with your host or travel agency. Remember, everyone is trying their best to keep the guests, and they will probably be generous enough to offer some kind of replacement or refund for your holiday.
Everyone seems to be taking the coronavirus situation very seriously. As they should be.
The more we stick to the health ministry guidelines, the sooner this whole unfortunate thing will come to its inevitable end. And then everyone will have a fantastic summer in Makarska Riviera once again.
Think about it this way: now you have all this extra time to plan the vacation of your lifetime when the travel bans are finally lifted. For dreaming and planning, make sure you run through this website and find all the best things about Makarska Riviera! In fact, why don't you start with video tours? For now, #stayhome, keep an eye on each other and we'll see you soon!
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: 113 - Special new telephone number for all information on coronavirus
Telephone numbers of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for citizens on the matter of coronavirus:
+385 91 468 30 32
+385 99 468 30 01
Available every working day from 8 am to 4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm. Note: Please contact them by phone, not via SMS. They cannot reply to SMS messages sent to these mobile phones.
SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTY Isolated clinic Health Centre SD County; Doverska 2, Split; phone: 021 669-264 (24 hours a day) SOURCE: koronavirus.hr